From Sorrow to Soul: Finding Meaning in a Time of Loss

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A panel discussion with Psychotherapist and Author, Francis Weller; Jungian Analyst and Senior Climate Scientist, Jeffrey Kiehl; Educator and Depth Psychology Alliance Director, James Newell; and Soul-centered Coach and Depth Alliance Founder, Bonnie Bright Description: “Sorrow” comes from the old English "grief, regret, trouble, care, pain, anxiety." 2020 has certainly brought its share of these. Best-selling writer of Care of the Soul, Thomas Moore. writes, “Such a time pushes you to the edge of what is familiar and reliable, stretching your imagination.” Robert Romanyshyn, author of The Soul in Grief, suggests that “Grief, if it is endured, can restore to us a sense of the sacred and the holy.” This panel will engage in discussion of how we can work through these difficult emotions and allow the soul to express its deepest meaning. This panel was hosted by Pacifica Graduate Institute Alumni Association as part of the annual New Year's Eve "Toast Heard Round the World." BIOS Francis Weller, is a psychotherapist, author, and soul activist. He is a master of synthesizing diverse streams of thought from psychology, anthropology, mythology, alchemy, indigenous cultures, and poetic traditions. Author of The Wild Edge of Sorrow: Rituals of Renewal and the Sacred Work of Grief; The Threshold Between Loss and Revelation, (with Rashani Réa) and In the Absence of the Ordinary: Essays in a Time of Uncertainty, he has introduced the healing work of ritual to thousands of people. He founded and directs WisdomBridge, an organization that offers educational programs that seek to integrate the wisdom from indigenous cultures with the insights and knowledge gathered from western poetic, psychological and spiritual traditions. You can follow his work at Jeffrey Kiehl, PhD, is a Diplomate Jungian Analyst and senior training analyst for the C.G. Jung Institute of Colorado and the Inter-Regional Society of Jungian Analysts. He is also an adjunct professor at the University of California, Santa Cruz and an adjunct faculty member of Pacifica Graduate Institute, where he teaches a course on Ecopsychology. He is the author of Facing Climate Change: An Integrated Path to the Future, which provides a Jungian perspective on climate change. Jeffrey has presented on various Jungian topics at national and international conferences. He lives in Santa Cruz, CA. Bonnie Bright, Ph.D. is a certified Transpersonal Soul-Centered Coach who uses Jungian, archetypal, and shamanic perspectives to help clients navigate spiritual awakening. She holds M.A. degrees in Psychology from Sonoma State University, and in Depth Psychology from Pacifica Graduate Institute, where she also completed her doctorate degree. Bonnie created and served as the Executive Editor of Depth Insights™ journal for six years, and is the Founder and Director Emerita of Depth Psychology Alliance. She has hosted over 100 recorded interviews with depth psychologists. Her newest offering is a 1-year certificate training program in soul-centered coaching psychology. Learn more at James R. Newell, PhD, (Vanderbilt University) is an educator, counselor, personal coach, professional musician, and director of the Depth Psychology Alliance. James earned his master’s degree in Pastoral Counseling and Theology from Vanderbilt University Divinity School, with a focus on Jungian psychology. He earned his doctorate in History of Religions from the Vanderbilt University Graduate School of Religion. James teaches online courses in world religions for Central Michigan University. For the past two years he has been developing a certification program in depth psychology which has been offered through the Depth Psychology Alliance. His next offering is an 8-week course on Jung and Astrology, beginning February 2021.

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